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A Bachelor of Commerce (abbreviated BComm or BCom; also, ''baccalaureates commercii'') is an
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in business, usually awarded in
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,
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Australia
,
India India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi: ), is a country in South Asia. It is the List of countries and dependencies by area, seventh-largest country by area, the List of countries and dependencies by population, second-most populous ...

India
,
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Sri Lanka
,
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Pakistan
,
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,
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New Zealand
,
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Ghana
,
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South Africa
,
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Egypt
, and additional
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Commonwealth
countries; however, the degree is no longer offered in the United Kingdom.


Structure


Bachelor of Commerce

The
Bachelor A bachelor is a man who is not and has never been married.Bachelors are, in Richard Pitt, Pitt & al.'s phrasing, "men who live independently, outside of their parents' home and other institutional settings, who are neither married nor cohabitating ...
of Commerce degree is designed to provide students with a wide range of managerial skills, while building competence in a particular area of business (see aside). Most universities, therefore, plan the degree such that in addition to their
major Major is a military rank Military ranks are a system of hierarchical relationships in armed forces A military, also known collectively as armed forces, is a heavily armed, highly organized force primarily intended for warfare. I ...
, students are exposed to general business principles, taking courses in accounting, finance, economics, actuarial studies, business management, human resources and marketing; some programs also require
business statistics Statistics is the discipline that concerns the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data Data are units of information Information can be thought of as the resolution of uncertainty; it answers th ...
and -calculus, and information systems. Depending on the institution, a formal
academic majorAn academic major is the academic discipline to which an undergraduate student formally commits. A student who successfully completes all courses required for the major qualifies for an undergraduate degree. The word ''major'' is also sometimes us ...
may or may not be established. Regardless, a Bachelor of Commerce degree requires students to take the majority of their courses in business-related subjects, including the aside, among others. For a comparison with other business degrees, see .


Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

The
Honours Honour (British English British English (BrE) is the standard dialect of the English language English is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language first spoken in History of Anglo-Saxon England, early medieval England, whi ...
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom (Hons) or BComm (Hons) or HBCom or HBComm) is further advanced. The degree has a specialization aspect, analogous to the
BBA The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a bachelor's degree A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin Medieval Latin was the form of Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch ...
, developing the student's business skills and / or providing in-depth knowledge of the field of commerce. It requires additional academic courses to be completed, and usually with higher academic performance standards, and may also require a researched
thesis A thesis, or dissertation (abbreviated diss.), is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree An academic degree is a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion of a course of study in higher ed ...
component. It often serves as an abridgement (or entry requirement) between the undergraduate program and postgraduate programs, including the
Master of Commerce Master of Commerce (MCom or M Comm; sometimes ''Magister (degree), Magister Commercii'' as MagComm or Mag. comm.) is a postgraduate master's degree focusing on commerce-, accounting-, management- and economics-related subjects. Like the undergradu ...
(M.Com. or M.Comm.) and the
Master of Business Administration A Master of Business Administration (MBA; also Master's in Business Administration) is a graduate degree Postgraduate education (graduate education in North America North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisph ...
(MBA) degrees. It may consist of a four-year program or of a one-year program taken subsequent to a three-year
Bachelor's degree A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin Medieval Latin was the form of Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. Latin was originally spoken in the area ...
; the one-year program is typically focused exclusively on a single subject-area.


Duration

The
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generally lasts three years in
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Australia
,
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New Zealand
,
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India
,
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Malta
,
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South Africa
, some parts of
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Canada
and
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Hong Kong
. The curriculum requires four years of study in the
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Republic of Ireland
, the majority of
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Canada
,
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Ghana
, the
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Philippines
and the
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. In
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Nepal
, the duration of the program can be three years. In
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South Africa
,
New Zealand New Zealand ( mi, Aotearoa ''Aotearoa'' (; commonly pronounced by English English usually refers to: * English language English is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language first spoken in History of Anglo-Saxon Engl ...

New Zealand
,
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Australia
and some universities in
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India
, the BCom (Hons) degree is considered an additional
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qualification, whereas in
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Malta
, an additional year of study is not considered a postgraduate qualification. In
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Pakistan
, the BCom/AD Commerce degree lasts two years, the BCom (Hons) degree lasts three years, and a four-year program leads to the BS (Hons) Commerce degree.


History

The Bachelor of Commerce degree was first offered at the
University of Birmingham The University of Birmingham (informally Birmingham University) is a public university, public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingh ...

University of Birmingham
. The University's School of Commerce was founded by William Ashley, an Englishman from
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Oxford University
, who was the first professor of Political Economy and Constitutional History in the Faculty of Arts at the
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University of Toronto
. Ashley left Toronto in 1892, spent a few years at
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, and then went back to England to the new University of Birmingham where he founded the School of Commerce. Ashley began the program which was the forerunner of many other BCom degree programs throughout the
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. Eighteenth-century economists had divided the English economy into three sectors: agriculture, manufacturing, and commerce. Commerce included the transportation, marketing and financing of goods. The Birmingham program in commerce included economic geography, economic history, general economics, modern languages, and accountancy.


See also

*
Bachelor of Accountancy The Bachelor of Accountancy, also known as Bachelor of Accounting, is the principal academic degree in accountancy in several countries, and is often the only (undergraduate) degree recognised for subsequent practice as a professional accountant; ...
*
Bachelor of Business A Bachelor of Business (BBus, BBus (Major)) is a three to four year undergraduate business degree offered by traditional and newer universities from the post-Dawkins era in Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is ...
*
Bachelor of Business Administration The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a bachelor's degree A bachelor's degree (from Middle Latin ''baccalaureus'') or baccalaureate (from New Latin, Modern Latin ''baccalaureatus'') is an Undergraduate degree, undergraduate academi ...
* Bachelor of Business Science *
Bachelor of Economics A bachelor is a man who is not and has never been married.Bachelors are, in Richard Pitt, Pitt & al.'s phrasing, "men who live independently, outside of their parents' home and other institutional settings, who are neither married nor cohabitating ...
*
Bachelor of Public Administration The Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA or B.P.A.) degree is one of several level administration degrees that provides training in the field as well as . A in provides a background for those interested in pursuing careers in governmental ag ...
*
Business school A business school is a university-level institution that confers degrees in business administration Business administration (also known as business management) is the administration of a commercial enterprise. It includes all aspects of overse ...

Business school
*
Master of Commerce Master of Commerce (MCom or M Comm; sometimes ''Magister (degree), Magister Commercii'' as MagComm or Mag. comm.) is a postgraduate master's degree focusing on commerce-, accounting-, management- and economics-related subjects. Like the undergradu ...


References

{{reflist Commerce, Bachelor of Business qualifications